In plan for the start of my model of Kingda Ka, which I will first be designing on Auto CAD 2004, there are a few pieces of information that i lack knowledge of. First, the average/basic dimenions of a piece of Intamin box track. That includes height, width, distace between ties, etc. Also, the different diameters of support columns. Once i get this information, I just need to find some basic information on the layouts and dimensions of any intamin coaster and i will be able to create a somewhat acurate CAD drawing of them. If anyone knows any of this, or where I can locate this information I'd greatly appreciate it. If not, my next move will be to e-mail intamin themselves. Thanks in advnace!!
Look around here, there are a lot of pictures of TTD's track in the parking lot and you can take a educated guess on the deminsions. If you want exact then I can't help you there. One piece of track looks to be maybe 30 feet or so.
that's a very good point. The progrom, Auto Cad 2004, is extremely versatile. Any of the following measures of units can be adjusted transferred from one to the other...Inches, Feet, Miles, Millimeters, Centimeters, Meters Killometers, Microinches, Mils, Yards, Angstroms, Nanometers, Microns, decimeters, dekameters, hectometers, Gigameters, Astronomical unites, light years, parsecs. :)
Do you plan to just make a 3-D model and bam thats it, all done ? Or are you going to render it and make an animation in 3D Studio Max or whatever you might use ?. If so good luck I attempted to make TTD as a senior project in my cad class back a while ago but I just got to frusterated and ticked off cause making the spiral track is the absolute most hardest thing, or at least it was to me, making the supports and brace's was quite easy. So in the end I wound up scracthing that idea, and made Power Tower instead and made it an animation it was pretty simple animating it seeing how all 4 cars only had to move up and down for every frame. Good luck with KK though. If I can ill "try" and find the disc that I burned the file on and maybe ill toss the pictures up but honestly right now I have no clue were the cd is at.
well i plan to only design a few pieces of track on cad which is what i did. I came up with some guesses looking at pictures and using my judgement of the dimensions. It actually came out looking pretty nifty. And i actually plan on building an approximately 10' x 1' and 5' tall model of KK. Im in the process of constructing a sample model of a piece of straight box track. Also Astro-liner, if you have Auto CAD 2004, or newer i can send you my work. Just leave your email adress
Actually I just thought of an idea Nitro for you to possibly get some good idea's for dimensions on intamin track. Try emailing Keith from Badnitrus, maybe try and find out what dimensions me might use when he makes intamin coasters, to get your basic idea.
I am running autocad 2002 at work here and i generated a 3d model of MF in auto cad we don't 3dviz here or i could get it to run. It would be kind of interestion to see what other people have come up with in cad. I love this program.
AutoCAD isn't really a great program to do 3D work in...you need a 3d Max or 3D VIZ to make good looking 3D models, and for SFDLdan if the TTD model you were making was in 3d...its not that hard to get the track to twist...I know that when I modeled Intamin Rocket (no particular one) I just used something like 30 ft sections, then twisted them with the Twist modifier on 3d Max then joined them with the others.
To answer some questions...I am working from 2004 at home. At school we use version 14 which is from 1997 cause its way to much money for them to buy $2000 dollar copies of a newer version for 30 computers. I soon hope to be getting some info from Badnitrus. Well DRMAN, CAD is not really the best to make 3D full models of roller coasters, but actually most likely used to design each individual piece of metal of each individual piece of track. If something is welded or bolted together usually on CAD they would not be shown together.
Nah man, I was using Auto-cad to make the basic then i was importing the file into 3D max. Though I think autocad is a good program to use for making 3-D models I think i just depends how well you adapte the the program, as long as you know what your doing and you know all the commands its really no problem. this topic has given me the urge to attempt it again in my spare time since there really isnt much to do here in buffalo ny, in the winter this should help pass some time till may. ;)
I didn't take my first cad class till i was a junior in highschool by the end of my senior year being that this cad corse was a continuation i had picked up on all the aspects of making 3d replications. But maybe it was just the technical center that I had it at, I'm assuming every place is different. Now im in my 2nd year of college and im still doing the same stuff I did back then hell there are other kids in my class's that have never touched the program ever till just now so it all is a breeze for me. But you'll pick up on it all soon enough.
If someone was to show in detail how pieces are attached AutoCAD or AutoDesk Inventor would be the programs to use. Although Inventor is mostly for smaler parts it could be used to show weld's etc...3D Max or 3D Viz are the best programs to make a full model, I'm just not a fan of the 3D in AutoCAD, I think its worthless when you can make better looking 3D models with 3D max. Thats not that I totally hate AutoCAD, but AutoCAD is great for what it was meant to be for originally and thats 2D drawings. I don't think that the 3D in AutoCAD is hard, I just don't care for it that much. I would also bet that when Badnitrus makes his models, most of the time thats what they give him are AutoCAD drawings of the rides. And he then uses 3D Studio Max to make his models, which are always outstanding.